Debating Vivekananda: A Reader

Hardcover | November 13, 2014

EditorA. Raghuramaraju

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By conferring titles such as Swami, Yogi, Mahatma, Maharshi, Gurudev or Baba, the Indian society has transformed several writers and thinkers of modern India into icons. It is not surprising therefore that a profusion of hagiographic and emotional writings exist on the renownednineteenth-century philosopher Swami Vivekananda and hence the pressing need to look at him in the light of debates in academic writings in order to enrich the liberal academic space. Debating Vivekananda juxtaposes an array of contrasting views that examine the life, thoughts, and works of Vivekananda from various, and often opposing, vantage points. Was he "the resounding voice of a new and confident India" or merely a "whimper of the wounded pride of a subject people"? Thevarious essays, in this volume critically examine the extent of his influence, the source of his thoughts, his relationship with Ramakrishna Paramhansa, and his views on women, science, and communalism. The book thus serves as a platform for a debate to unfold-a debate that is informed by logical arguments instead of the creation of personality myths. The different perspectives allow one to engage with and at the same time rigorously assess the ideas of a modern writer-thinker.

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By conferring titles such as Swami, Yogi, Mahatma, Maharshi, Gurudev or Baba, the Indian society has transformed several writers and thinkers of modern India into icons. It is not surprising therefore that a profusion of hagiographic and emotional writings exist on the renownednineteenth-century philosopher Swami Vivekananda and hence ...

A. Raghuramaraju is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of Hyderabad. He has published widely in the areas of social and political philosophy and Indian philosophy. University Grants Commission recently appointed him as Principal Investigator for e-content development for Philosophy for its e-PG Pathshala.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:November 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContentsIntroductionI EXTENT AND LIMITS OF IMPACT1. Brajendranath Seal: Swami Vivekananda2. Bal Gangadhar Tilak: Swami Vivekananda3. Jawaharlal Nehru: Swami Vivekananda4. Prabha Dixit: The Political and Social Dimensions of Vivekananda's IdeologyII PRACTICAL VEDANTA5. Paul Hacker: Schopenhauer and Hindu Ethics6. Wilhelm Halbfass: Practical Vedanta7. Krishna Prakash Gupta: Religious Evolution and Social Change in India: A Study of the Ramakrishna Mission MovementIII RAMAKRISHNA PARAMAHANSA8. Sumit Sarkar: Kaliyuga, Chakri and Bhakti: Ramakrishna and His Times9. Carl Olson: Vivekananda and Ramakrsna Face to Face: An Essay on the Alterity of a SaintIV SECULARISM10. Krishna Prakash Gupta: Swami Vivekananda: A Case Study of the Hindu Religious Tradition and the Modern Secular Ideal11. Ashis Nandy: Vivekananda and Secularism: A Nineteenth Century Solution and a Twentieth Century Problem12. Nirmal Mukherjee: Vivekananda and Secularism13. Krishna Prakash Gupta: A ResponseV FUNDAMENTALISM14. Nemai Sadhan Bose: Swami Vivekananda and the Challenge to Fundamentalism15. Jyotirmaya Sharma: Swami VivekanandaVI WOMAN16. Indira Chowdhury: Spiritual Masculinity and Swami VivekanandaContents ix17. Vrinda Dalmiya: The Metaphysics of Ethical Love: Comparing Practical Vedanta and Feminist EthicsVII SCIENCE18. D. H. Killingley: Yoga Sutra IV, 2-3 and Vivekananda's Interpretation of Evolution19. Anantanand Rambachan: Swamai Vivekananda's Use of Science as an Analogy for the Attainment of MoksaAbout the Editor and Contributors